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Expo Pass Badge Designer - Shell Layer | The Basics
Expo Pass Badge Designer - Shell Layer | The Basics

How to navigate the basics and get designing your Badge Shell in the Expo Pass Badge Designer.

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Written by Kacie Ferguson
Updated over a week ago

β“˜ This article is for Event Organizers

Now that you've selected your badge size and how many notches you need, it's time to start designing the color badge shell for your event! Let's get creative.

Let's start with the basics and walk you through how to navigate the Expo Pass Badge Designer on the Shell Layer.

These key terms below will help you better understand the lingo as we walk through the Badge Designer and ensure you get the best out of your Badge!

πŸ’‘ Badge Design Key Terms:

  • Badge Shell Layer: the pre-printed background design of the badge (usually color)

  • Badge Print Layer: registrant data printed in black text on the front of the badge during the live event check-in using Expo Pass Thermal Printers

  • Formed Badges: the combined badge shell and print layers in Expo Pass Badge Manager, used to create and assign the badge(s) for your event

  • Full Bleed: Artwork design that extends at least 1/8" past the edge of the badge shell edge (left to right and top to bottom) to ensure a seamless print

  • Crop Marks: the marks added to the badge design that show the printer where to cut

  • CMYK colors: used in print designs.

    • It is essential to ensure your designs are in the CMYK color scale to ensure accurate color reproduction when badges are printed.

  • RGB colors: used in digital display designs

    • If you are using RGB for designing, it is essential to convert to CMYK before submitting for print to ensure accurate color production

Selecting Your Badge Shell

1. When you click on Badges in the Admin Menu, the Badge Manager will pop up. Click on Get Started.

NOTE: If you have already created a badge shell, the Badge Manager will no longer pop up. To create a second badge shell, click Create Shell next to the badge

2. Select the badge size and notch you would like to use and click Next:

  • 4x6" Standard (no notch - requires a sleeve)

  • 4x6" Double Notch

  • 4x6 Single Notch

  • 4x3" Mini (no notch - requires a sleeve)

3. Once you have selected the size and notches for your badge, name your shell something short & sweet, we recommend something like "Default". Select if your shell will have a design on the Front Side or Double-Sided (front and back).

πŸ’‘ Tip: Please name the Badge Shell Default unless you will be having more than 1 badge shell design.

  • Additional badge shell designs can be an additional cost and should be discussed with your Success Team before moving forward, unless it was agreed to ahead of time.

Designing Your Badge Shell - The Basics

1. Start by clicking the Badges in the Admin Menu, the Badge Manager will pop up. Click on Get Started.Select the green + at the bottom of the badge to start the design process.

2. Select if you would like to:

  • Add Text

  • Upload an Image

  • Create a Shape

3. For double-sided badge shell designs, click on Front to toggle to the back of the badge, and vice versa:

❗ Important: DON'T FORGET TO DESIGN THE BACK OF YOUR BADGE if you are looking for a double-sided shell. Click on Front to toggle to the back of the badge.

4. Once you have completed your shell design, save your design and select "Done

Badge Shell Design Details

Congratulations!! Now you've gotten comfortable with designing your Badge Shell. What's next? Let's get a little more into the details:

Badge Print Layer Basics

If you'd like to skip through the details, feel free to go to the Print Layer below to add in your Attendee Field Data that will be printed onsite by our thermal printers.

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